Fort Mill Times

Lake Wylie boaters urged to anchor for concerts

Boaters can listen to the music

Lake Wylie Water Music shorefront concerts will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 8 and Aug. 12 at the mouth of Mill Creek, on the River Oaks Road side. Concerts are accessible by boat only. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/site/lakewyliewatermusicmillscreek.

AquaPalooza boaters’ concert July 14

Lake Wylie Marina is hosting a free boaters-only concert, AquaPalooza, from noon to 5 p.m. July 14 on Lake Wylie.

Three Bands will be performing on the point at Lake Wylie Marina near Buster Boyd Bridge. Boaters are invited to bring food, drink and anchor out to enjoy the music and giveaways.

Boaters can sign up for the event and receive a free T-shirt at AquaPalooza.com when registered by July 1. Click on the Carolina Region, then Lake Wylie Marina to register for this free boat-only event.

The Marc Collins Band and Two 3 Ways will kick off the entertainment at noon. Then, Charleston-based recording artists The Blue Dogs headline the event playing until about 5 p.m.

The 2012 AquaPalooza event is sponsored by Lake Wylie Marina and Creative Solutions.

S.C. sees changes in drought status

Members of the S.C. Drought Response Committee lowered the drought status for most counties in the state except Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield and Aiken in the Savannah River Basin, which remain at severe, the third level of drought.

Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties were downgraded to moderate. Saluda, Greenwood, Greenville, Newberry, Lexington and Laurens counties remain at moderate. All other counties in the state were lowered to the incipient level of drought.

“A combination of Tropical Storm Beryl and a series of passing frontal boundaries enhanced rainfall and cloud cover over the last three to four weeks for most of the state,” said Hope Mizzell, state climatologist. “Many stations reported above normal rainfall since May 1, while there were a few stations reporting below normal rainfall.”

Ground and surface water recovery is still insufficient to end the drought.

Drought Response Committee Chairman Ken Rentiers said, “Conditions are looking better for many parts of the state, but we are entering the hottest time of the year with uncertainty in rainfall patterns going forward. The committee will continue to monitor the situation closely and reconvene in four to six weeks or sooner as needed.”

2012-13 hunting, fishing licenses on sale

License sales for 2012-2013 hunting and fishing licenses began this month.

You can buy your South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses multiple ways. Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the over 500 license agents across the state. Licenses are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website.

Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Persons born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license.

Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License. The apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a S.C. licensed hunter who is not licensed as an apprentice hunter, is at least 21 years of age, has not been convicted of a hunting or hunter education violation or received deferred adjudication of the same, and stays within a distance that enables uninterrupted, unaided, visual and oral communication with the apprentice hunter and provides adequate direction to the apprentice.

Know Your Limits: Effective July 1, freshwater fishing laws are changing. These changes include creel, size and possession limits; definitions of water bodies and gear types; and nongame devices allowed by location. For details, visit dnr.sc.gov/fishregs/.

Lake Wylie Covekeepers meet monthly

Lake Wylie Covekeepers meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at T-Bones on the Lake.

The Lake Wylie Covekeepers are volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation to protect the river and Lake Wylie. Covekeepers provide input to public officials about proposals with the potential to impact Lake Wylie, organize cleanup events, collect water quality samples, identify violations of the environmental laws and educate the community about Lake Wylie.

Anyone interested in learning more about issues relating to Lake Wylie or sharing concerns about the Lake are welcome to attend the meetings.

Visit catawbariverkeeper.org for more information.

Riverwalk launch closed

The Rock Hill Outdoor Center Canoe-Kayak launch at Riverwalk will remain closed for construction.

Construction began in mid-May and is progressing at a steady pace, according to a city news release. Depending on weather conditions, construction should be completed in mid-July, with river access remaining closed until then.

There is no access to or from the Catawba River at the launch until further notice.

The next access point downstream is at River Park, which is about approximately 3 miles away.

Questions can be directed to 803-329-5656 or at cityofrockhill.com.

King of Lake continues

The next King of the Lake event is set for July 14, followed by tournaments Oct. 6 and the championship Oct. 20. Launch and weigh-in are held at Buster Boyd Access Area.

The series is designed to test local anglers at different seasons and times of day, determining an overall top angler for the lake in 2012. The events are sponsored by Lake Wylie Bait & Tackle.

For more information, visit lakewyliebaitandtackle.com.

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